Chesapeake Colonies Dbq Analysis

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Though they came from the same origin, the New England and Chesapeake Regions both separated, and with different goals for each colony. By the 1700s the Chesapeake and New England regions were distinctively different even though both were made from English colonies based on, the people whom settled the land, the governing goals and the religions brought to the new land. After arriving in the New World, the New England and Chesapeake Colonies began to thrive, but from ideas that came from very different people. Though both were trying to escape religious persecution, the differences in the people whom settled the land is noticeable. In a ships list bound for Virginia, you can see that the ship had a drastic difference from the number of men…show more content…
The Chesapeake people were looking for fortune, and they were looking for it independently for the most part. A map of New England, differed drastically from a map of Chesapeake. Unlike New England, Chesapeake was very spread out with people trying to protect their land (Doc E). It was almost impossible to have a set government with people being so scattered. The families that came to New England were able to settle and govern like “a city upon a hill”, as an example to John Winthrop's ideas in 1630 (Doc C), even though they were not expected to be capable of creating a governing system. One noticeable between the two systems of government, was the fact that people in New England had a chance to rise on the social and political chain unlike people in Chesapeake region. Due to Bacon's Rebellion, people in Virginia were worried about others going against the crown and it was not possible for people to reach a higher status because of it. The differences in the two colonies made the possibility for government either possible, or completely…show more content…
Chesapeake, being spread out, made it hard to have an established government and religion. Though their loosely established church was Anglican, the people in the Chesapeake region rarely attended church or practiced any form of religion. Roger Williams was concerned that not having a set religion would cause conflicts between people(Doc G). The lack of uniformity in Chesapeake was not only a concern of Williams but many people. New England was able to create a completely different land. They based their community around the puritan church with strict guidelines and rules (Doc J). The church of Salem had a goal of pleasing God by any means (Doc F). Overall, the New England Colony was based off a plantation of religion and not of trade(Doc B). This shows just how devoutly the people of the New England Colony practiced religion and how much they differed from the
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